Astra Giurgiu director of scouting Valeriu Răchita claims Fiorentina’s staff will be publicly “crucified” if Ianis Hagi fetches Rangers over £25million.
Hagi, 22, has blown hot and cold at Ibrox since joining the Light Blues from Genk last year.
For large parts of the Romanian’s spell in Glasgow, he’s proven to be one of Scotland’s best attacking players. However, there have been spells where the ex-Fiorentina player has struggled.
Despite this, Gers fan site Ibrox News claims Hagi is valued at over £25million, which has provoked a reaction from the player’s homeland Romania.
Fiorentina sold Hagi to Viitorul Constanța for a small fee in 2018 and Răchita believes that was a massive mistake by the Serie A club.
“If this happens, I believe that all the staff of Fiorentina, plus the sports director, plus the president, will be crucified in the public square in Florence, because they had such a jewel in their team and they let him go for €2million (£1.7million). I would like this to happen, although it seems unlikely,” Răchita told Sport.ro.
£25m? No chance
Hagi is a good young player who’s done brilliantly at Ibrox in the last year. But to say he could be worth over £25million is reaching.
Arsenal signed Kieran Tierney for £25million from Celtic in 2019, making the left-back the biggest sale in Scottish football’s history.
We don’t want to start bigging up Celtic and their former players but Tierney is someone who’d proven himself over a long period of time, won numerous titles, played in the Champions League and, possibly most importantly, is British.
Hagi is someone who’s likely to have a big price-tag slapped on his head if someone comes calling in the summer but there’s no way he’d be a record-breaking sale for Scottish football.
Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent are more proven in Scotland and are likely to fetch more than Hagi would and it’s unlikely either of them would get us over £20million.
Rangers fans to tend to overvalue players but fans of all clubs do that. How much did Celtic fans think Moussa Dembele would be worth before he went to Lyon for £19.7million?
Trying to be realistic, Hagi would probably get us between £10million and £15million at the minute.
In other Rangers news, David Tanner was way out of line in Steven Gerrard’s latest press conference.